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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #330 on: September 03, 2018, 01:33:14 PM »
I have not seen 27642 and I am sure if it did come to Bedford it would follow me everywhere like 27643-645/647. Indeed 27647 was my conveyer to work today on the 6.

When I went home last Thursday on 18419 on the 1741 9 there were two skivers in River St, 53704 and 53708, instead of the more normal one. With 53703 parked up in the bus station they were taking over.

I had the day off on Friday 31 August but before leaving town I noted the following:
1 - 18336, 18423, 19702, 19705, 34825
2 - 36935, 36936, 36937 (amazing, the right vehicles on all three diagrams)
3/7 - 48025, 48032, 48034, 48036
4 - 48031, 48035
5/6 - 18424, 19891, 19892, 27643
9 - 19701, 27520, 27522, 27645 (usual 27xxx delights for the route)
41 - 34833
42 - 19699
50 - 18190 (0832 Kettering)
53 - 19706, 36043, 36044, 37431
71 - 34428, 36042
73 - 34425, 34828, 36045
X5 - 19700 (0826 to Cambridge - was seen earlier by a colleague in Milton Keynes)

EMT layover vehicles were 53702 at the bus station and 53703 in River St.

Saturday 1 September morning piffle before I again left town with what appears to be a better service on the 53 than on the 1 and 9 judging by vehicles viewed before 0810am:
1 - 19701, 19889
2 - 36935, 36936
3/7 - 48024, 48032, 48034
4 - 48031, 48035
5/6 - 18336, 18419, 27643
8 - 47354
9 - 27520, 27521
41 - 36045
42 - 19700
50 - 18410
53 - 19892, 34830, 36042, 36043
71 - 34428, 37434
72 - 34831, 37439
73 - 34827, 37431, 37439
81 - 19702

This morning I was treated to part grasshopper 37439 on the 9 which makes a change from the usual 27xxx dirge I have been subjected too lately. Hopefully I can avoid 27644 going home on the 9 and get 19698 instead. 34428 did the 0905 72, 37431 the 0905 41, 19699 the 0915 73 and 19701 the 0915 81.



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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #331 on: September 04, 2018, 01:19:34 PM »
No let up in my 27xxx experiences as my bus from work on the 6 yesterday was 27521 but at least I had semi-grasshopper 37439 home on the 9. A not so common visitor this year on the 50, 19108, did the 1712 to Kettering. I am fairly certain I still need that to sit on. 19891 was on a 42 and 34830 on a 1. I was going to do the 1730 81 home but as that was 27644 that idea was abandoned swiftly for 37439. Again there were two EMT vehicles sunning themselves in River St in the shape of 53705 and 53708.

This morning route 9 was of no use with 18419 heading to Shortstown leaving me to choose either 27520 or 27522 which rolled up at the same time heading for town on the 9. It would have been futile flagging both for the next service as that was 27523 so absolutely no escape. For good measure 27645 finished me off on the 6 to work. I had my first sighting of Grant Palmer's BU51 WN today but rather wish I didn't.

On 3 September 2012 I did 16459 on the 1753 50 and the following day, 4 September, the same service produced 16755 for me to sample. As I am away for the rest of the week I will mention 8 September 2015 as on that day my bus home on the 9 was trident 18346 wherever that sprang from. It was the only time I had it so must have been a five minute wonder.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #332 on: September 04, 2018, 07:40:46 PM »
lot of confusion on 27642 (GX10HBU)
this bus as been parked at the back bedford garge
since the end april .

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #333 on: September 05, 2018, 05:25:11 PM »
Useless Elite 54302 (YX64WCE) failed on the X5 and was towed back to Bedford depot by a CMG wrecker.
These Volvo B11R's have been a disaster from day one. I'm sure drivers and passengers alike will be glad to see the back of them when the time comes for them to be replaced which probably won't be untill 2020 at the earliest.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #334 on: September 06, 2018, 05:46:41 PM »
Solo's on the wrong routes today were 48036 (YJ66ASZ) on the 81 and my ride home was 48023 (YJ15ANR) on the 1 which decided to breakdown at Sainsburys which was lucky for me as I needed to do some shopping.
These are too small for anything other than their usual 3,4,7,8 and 10 but they keep straying onto the 1 and 9 which are the busiest town services and both really need double deckers. The 1 is supposed to be run with 5 of Bedford's 15 Enviro 400's. Sadly the 9 isn't officially a double deck route but really should be. The same could be said of the 6 at times
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #335 on: September 07, 2018, 07:36:14 AM »
The 1 is supposed to be run with 5 of Bedford's 15 Enviro 400's...

Well, if they weren't all off running to Cambridge and back the 1 might be in a better state  ::)

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #336 on: September 07, 2018, 04:10:58 PM »
Well, if they weren't all off running to Cambridge and back the 1 might be in a better state  ::)

Very true. The unreliability of the Elites is to blame for that. They're not fit for purpose and should be replaced as a priority next time Stagecoach East bid for new vehicles.
Although I would think the remaining Darts at Bedford, Fenstanton and Peterborough would probably be more on their minds to replace as they're the oldest vehicles in the fleet across all depots.
If Bedford's 06 plate Darts are anything to go by then they must all be pretty knackered although still better than the nasty Volvo B6's ever were
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #337 on: September 09, 2018, 04:24:42 PM »
I have just found a fleet card for United Counties for January 1970 which shows an allocation to Bedford (including outstations) of 78.

The latest fleetcard for Stagecoach East I can find (August) shows an allocation of 87 with no outstations quoted.

Thought this be of interest to somebody!

Further details of the 1970 allocation (fleet nos, chassis type) are available if anyone is interested.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #338 on: September 10, 2018, 07:04:03 PM »
It would be interesting to see what the fleet was like! Of course the local population was much smaller back then, which would account for the size of the fleet...

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #339 on: September 12, 2018, 02:35:59 PM »
Now I am back from the Isle of Man I see the post by al-557 explains why 48023 is in the garage naughty corner. Perhaps that also explains why 34832 and 37431 were both on the 3 yesterday evening. The first time I have seen a former grasshopper on that route.

It appears not a lot has changed in my absence. My first day back in the office yesterday and I was treated to a choice of 27643, 27644 and 27646 on route 9 and the same trio were again on the 9 this morning so I walked. Other piffle noted yesterday morning were 48024 on a 2, 37432 on the 0905 72 and 37437 on a 51. I may have escaped 27643-646 on the 9 but I couldn't avoid 27647 on my 6 to work so if three don't get me another one will. The highlight of yesterday was the presence of Herberts oly P483 MBY parked up in Clapham Road.

Now the kids are back the roads are clogged up and I had to endure a rancid 22 minutes at the worst bus stop in Bedford, with no shelter in the rain, after work waiting for a number 6 to oblige. Naturally two came at once but at least 27520 didn't bother to stop so I got back into town on 19700 which was my choice of the two anyway. My mood was not helped by a rather heavy backsack sitting abandoned in a seat as if anyone could forget such an item that starts you wondering if it contained a deadly device. Fortunately we got to the bus station in one piece and I told the driver about it before disappearing into Iceland. 18419 was out on a 1 probably covering for escapee 19890 which arrived on an X5 from Cambridge. I was treated to 27643 home on the 1805 9 which left at 1815. Basically it took me 68 minutes from the time I left my office to reach my front door something which I can do in 40 minutes if I walk. By God bus travel when the schools are on can be a right miserable experience.

After walking into town this morning it looked like at least I would have 37433 into work but the driver had other ideas. The bus came in from round the corner where the X5 appears from the direction of Goldington Road as a 5 and then departed as a 5 to Elms Farm. I knew it would happen one day that a driver would forget the 6/5/6/5/6/5 diagramming. That was me stuffed for another 12 minutes waiting for the next 6 which, par for the course, was 27520. Of course it was. It seems I am on a diet of 27xxx vehicles. Other things noted were 18424 on a 6, 19699 on a 51, 37433 on the 0905 41, 18419 on the 0915 73 and 19891 on the 0915 81.

When I went to Luton last week to get to the airport, I was treated to 53613 on the 1115 81. These vehicles may be ok on the route in the early morning and late night turns to get them to and from the 99 but they are not suitable in busy periods when lots of people, like the senior citizens want to get on and off and they have a step to conquer. Not only did that make us late as the driver had to get out to help some of them off the bus at various points but there is also the slow motion door which takes about 30 seconds to open and then another 30 seconds to close. It is not possible to keep to time on a route, particularly approaching Luton where we seemed to stop at every stop for people heading into town, using this type of vehicle. Just to add to the late running the road to the Galaxy Centre was closed so we were diverted via the Interchange but as not part of the designated route, I was not allowed off even though my airport bus leaves from the Interchange. Maybe it is the fact route A is Arriva but Stagecoach made sure I had to walk back from the Galaxy Centre to get my airport bus from the Interchange. Don't you just love this country...

I see back on 11 September 2012 I went to Biggleswade with 16226 on the 1650 74. I must also mention, albeit not in Bedford, that on 11 September 2014 I did blue budgie 16227 on the 39 from Kings Lynn to Marham and back which was the last time I ever rode on it. Little did I know that the Hoppers would be Bedford bound 4 years later...
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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #340 on: September 13, 2018, 12:52:08 PM »
After work yesterday I noted miscreant 48023 back in traffic whilst 53703, 53704, 53705 and 53708 took it in turns to rest in River St. The following were out and about:
1 - 18336, 34425, 34830
2 - 37434
41 - 19888, 19891
42 - 19888
51 - 18423, 19892
71 - 18419, 37436
73 - 18423
81 - 34422, 34828

This morning I foolishly went for the 0847 9 which eventually arrived 15 minutes late with my old nemesis 36042. Apparently the late running was not down to the traffic but owing to the fact the bus was late leaving the garage. In the meantime 19888 and 19704 passed us heading for Shortstown either of which I would much rather have had. This meant I missed the 0911 6 but it was no loss as it was 27520. However, 27645 was waiting for me on the next 6 so once again I was delivered to the office by a 27xxx. 53708 was idle in River St whilst 18101 arrived on a 50 to form the 0932. 53616 also arrived on an X5 from Cambridge but was relieved of its duties by 54302.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #341 on: September 18, 2018, 01:07:29 PM »
Last Friday I had an appointment after work and was withered when winner 19108 did the 1712 50 but I had to let it go and had to make do with 37439 on the 1730 81. I had thought someone must have had a word as EMT appeared to have stopped using the bus station for parking their rail work vehicles but 53705 ignored this as it brazenly sat with the service vehicles parked up.

If 34422 has gone to Cambridge then I can't explain why it was on the 9 yesterday with the usual dull 36042, 27644 and 27647. 53703 was parked up in River St and not the bus station as is usually the way now. At least a bit of a change going home with 18419 on the 6 and 34425 on the 1730 81. 19087 was on the 1712 50 so when I could do 19108 it was not on it this time.

This morning my chariot into town on the 9 was 34422 and a bit more variety with 36041 and 48036 on two other 9 diagrams. The same couldn't be said with the 6 as the usual piffle 27645 was all that was on offer. Unfortunately I just missed 37436 on an earlier 6 and 37432 on the 0915 51. Also parked up was 37438 in its change of livery since I last viewed it. 34428 was on a 2 and 15606 on the 0932 50. I keep forgetting that 15606 has it's number on the orange bit on the side as it takes me sometime to spot it.

On this day in 2013, 16692 produced on the 1753 50 to Kettering so a one way journey was made all the way for the train back to Bedford. Whilst 14000 is malingering in Cambridge it reminds me that on 16 September 2012 it did a trip from Bedford Garage to Duxford and back for the bus show and to this day is still the only time I have ever walked through the garage which we had to do to board Nessie as it was at the back of the garage.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #342 on: September 20, 2018, 01:36:52 PM »
Returning home on Tuesday after work I arrived at my stop on 37439 with 19891 right behind us at the same time as 48036 and 34422 arrived at the stop opposite heading for town. It is the first time in 29 years I have viewed all four 9 diagrams together in service in one place. Clearly the 12 minute gap had gone to pot yet again. Makes a change recently to have a bit of variety on the route. Also getting variety was the 1 with 18424, 37438 and 48031, not an E400 in sight.

Normal service was resumed today though, with 27520 and 27523 on the 9's. Unfortunately route 5 must have been in a mess as the world and it's wife take to the roads when it is raining making the traffic even worse than usual. The 0911, 0923 and 0935 6's had not arrived by the time winner 35226 appeared on the 0932 50 so a run to Sainsburys was in order. Also in order was another abject apology to the boss for the lousy bus service on the 6 making me late for work again. I don't know how many more times I can comment on making the 6 a stand alone route and to cease interworking with the 5 where they generally go missing. No service on the route for 40 minutes towards Brickhill is lamentable.

Still the very rancid 30 minute fester at the bus station in my delayed bid to get to the office allowed me to view the following:
18424 and 37433 on 71's, 37438 on a 72, 18423 on a 1, 19705 on a 53, 37434 on the 0910 41, 37437 on the 0915 51, 18336 the 0915 81, 19699 the 0915 73 and 19700 the 0945 42.

A better day for getting to work was on 20 September 2011 when 14000 dropped on the route 6 brat-ex and as I knew the driver I was allowed to board. It was so rammed I had to stand by the driver for a chat. More joy after work when the 1611 50 from Kettering produced 16492 landing me on 16216 home on the 81.

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #343 on: September 20, 2018, 09:00:19 PM »
Dart 34422 (KV53EYY) is now parked with the withdrawn vehicles as it will soon be going back to Cambridge and finally become a driver trainer.
I have finally seen Enviro 300 27642 (GX10HBU) it's being worked on inside Bedford depot. I'm told there's a lot wrong with it which is why it's yet to enter service 5 months after transfer.
The latest repaint out of Coast hopper livery is Enviro 200 MMC 37438 (SN16ORH). I'm told 37433 (SN16OPX) has gone up to Chesterfield in its place.
Bedford could do a better and quicker job painting these, although it does make sure we can see the attractive coast hopper livery a little longer before it's consigned to the history books

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Re: Stagecoach in Bedford happenings 2018
« Reply #344 on: September 21, 2018, 02:04:08 PM »
Fast work sending 37433 to Chesterfield as it was on a 71 yesterday morning. Winner 37435 is now in a new livery parked up at the bus station yesterday. 18423 was on my 6 from work and I was then promptly withered as winner 19108 passed me on the 1712 50 so I could have had two required buses on the 50 in one day had I known it was coming towards me. Can't remember when I last scored two in a day on the 50.

No complaints from me this morning as 48035 was on time with the 0847 9 and I made 19893 on the 0859 6 so it took only 25 minutes to get to the office as opposed to 65 minutes yesterday. What a difference it makes when not raining. It was such a quick journey I only got to view 18336 on a 1, 19889 on a 51 and 37436 on the 0905 72.

In September 2010 my buses on the 6 from the office were 16230 on the 21st, 16671 on the 22nd and 16681 on the 23rd. I clearly timed my departures to perfection that week to avoid all the Darts.
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